Hybrid mandate for taxis reversed

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  1. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    [​IMG] Judge says Boston rule violated act of Congress. Owners no longer need to buy new cars by 2015

    [FIMG=RIGHT]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2008_Toyota_Camry_Hybrid_Taxi.jpg[/FIMG]Jonathan Saltzman - BOSTON - August 15, 2009

    First NYC, now Boston. Why can't drivers see the benefits and move to hybrids anyway? --Ed.

    A federal judge struck down yesterday a year-old rule requiring Boston cab owners to buy new energy-efficient hybrid cars by 2015, ruling that Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s initiative violated an act of Congress.

    US District Court Judge William G. Young sided with taxi owners who had argued that the mandate to green the entire fleet of 1,825 licensed cabs would cost them thousands of dollars and put many out of business.

    The city, Young wrote, had infringed on the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, which establishes fuel economy standards for vehicles and forbids local officials from setting up their own standards.

    In an unusual introduction to his ruling, Young related that his 10-year-old grandson had heard arguments recently on the case and asked him: “Why can’t Boston do what it wants with its taxis? It’s for the environment.’’

    “The answer, Cam, is that the Congress of the United States, pursuing national goals it considers important, has forbidden Boston from taking this initiative on behalf of its citizens,’’ Young wrote.

    The 17-page ruling, which resembled a recent decision by a federal judge in New York blocking a push for hybrid cabs there, delighted the Boston Taxi Owners Association, the plaintiffs.

    “We think the judge made the right decision,’’ said Paul H. Merry, the association’s lawyer. “The cab operators have wanted from day one to support the city’s efforts to protect the... [RM]http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/green/articles/2009/08/15/hybrid_mandate_for_taxis_reversed/[/RM]
     
  2. worthywads

    worthywads Don't Feel Like Satan, I am to AAA

    The correct ruling would be the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 is unconstitutional and that Boston has every right to regulate it's taxi industry.
     
  3. Elixer

    Elixer Well-Known Member

    I do agree that taxi companies should be allowed to buy used hybrids, although I don't agree with the decision to strike down the bill.
     

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